posted on Jun, 18 2013 @ 07:21 PM
Originally posted by Zaphod58
It was a short circuit in one of the fuel probes they concluded. The fuel vapor was pushed above the ignition point by the air conditioning unit
under the tank while they sat on the ground with the AC running, then the wiring to one of the probes had been chafed to the point it shorted inside
I was sitting in a bar when the breaking news came across that it had crashed, and the center wing fuel tank was the first thing I said (this was less
than 2 hours after the crash). The Air Force had recently lost two KC-135s to center wing fuel tank explosions (caused by faulty fuel pump designs).
thank you for pinpointing the cause and the other Boeings being lost due to the same cause
with that ongoing examination at that time i remember these eyewhitness reports of a missile too. i also heard about the investigation team first
thinking into a bomb or a missile too.
the eyewhitness reports were dismissed later on, when they found the wall from inside the tank and its conclusive damage.
They later said people usually look at the incident AFTER it already happened, and it was thought that a piece of debris with a trail of smoke falling
faster and in some other direction than the two larger parts of the fuselage could have been confused with the trail of a missile.
The video about the helicopter pilot .. oh well .. so he heard the explosion of ordnance .. he actually heard that from the distance. uhm...
i don't know if you ever flew with a helicopter, but you usually hear nothing much else than the helicopter itself, because its so loud that usually
all people aboard wear headphone.
So how are the chances that one can hear 'multiple explosions' through the noise of a helicopter AND the headphones.
As i said, most people got aware of it when they saw the prominent fireball. And if they see a fireball they usually conclude the use of a weapons of
sort, as their first and (from their viewpoint) correct conclusion.
as i said, i looked into the investigation in great detail, cause its my job to draw conclusions from out of these reports, and i was amazed about
what they figured about this inner tank wall. that thing literally told a very conclusive story what happened with that plane.